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In five years I hope to be better at balancing work and mommyhood

Since the day my daughter was born, I’ve found myself wondering how she’d be in the future. At first I was eager to know when she’d walk, what her voice would sound like and what type of personality she’d have. Now that she’s three and full of personality, I now find myself imagining what type... Read more »

Bad news, worse timing: Jackie Robinson West stripped of title during Black History Month

Bad news, worse timing: Jackie Robinson West stripped of title during Black History Month
I can’t describe how heartbroken I was when I first learned that our little hometown heroes were at risk of losing the title they worked so hard to claim. In a city riddled with violence that primarily involves young Black boys and men, the Jackie Robinson West title gave our kids something to be proud... Read more »

#DarkGirl raising #LightGirl in a world of colorism

#DarkGirl raising #LightGirl in a world of colorism
The airing of #LightGirls  has fueled an ongoing debate about the issue of colorism in society. Several viewers wasted no time in sharing their thoughts on the documentary, many even made a mockery of the participants who shared their pains about growing up as lighter skinned Black women. I have yet to see this documentary,... Read more »
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Why parents need to cut Play Doh some slack

Why parents need to cut Play Doh some slack
I posted a Holiday Gift Guide a few weeks ago that included The Play Doh Cake Mountain play set. I thought it was pretty cool and actually got it for my daughter. She loves Play Doh and took an immediate liking to it. Much to my surprise, this toy has been all over the news... Read more »

The Go-2 Holiday Gift Guide for Toddlers

The Fisher-Price Laugh & Learn Smart Stages Chair teaches first words, numbers, shapes, colors and more. It's recommended for ages 6 months and up.
Now that Go-2-Baby is three it’s a little bit easier to shop for her. This is the first year that I really feel like I know what she likes or will use. What’s funny is that she’s also starting to notice toys from previous years as if they are brand new.  I remember how hard... Read more »

FREEBIE ALERT: Cricket giving away free trees today in Chicago

What kind of blogger would I be if I didn’t pass on a freebie as good as this one. If you know a family who could use a free tree for the holiday season, pass this info on. This offer is only available TODAY, while supplies last. See details below. November 30, 9am-9pm 1117 Chicago... Read more »
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Trick or treating by any means...sort of

Trick or treating by any means...sort of
A few years before I became a parent, my aunt started a tradition of taking my younger siblings and cousins trick or treating in Oak Park. Although I didn’t have a child of my own, I’d always go along for the experience. At times I wondered if I was somehow reliving moments I’d never had... Read more »

How much is too much tech for a toddler?

How much is too much tech for a toddler?
When I was growing up, our typical day consisted of playing pretend with toys playing some sort of game or watching television. we occasionally went outside, but that was pretty much it. If I go even further back to my toddler years, I have no idea what I did for fun or how I passed... Read more »

Five things that didn't make sense until I became a parent

Five things that didn't make sense until I became a parent
When you don’t have children, it’s easy to say what you would or wouldn’t do. It’s even easier to not understand why parents make some of the choices they make or not make choices you feel they should. There are so many things that make much more sense to me now, that I just didn’t... Read more »
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Child abuse vs. Discipline: How thin is the line?

Child abuse vs. Discipline: How thin is the line?
I never thought there was such a blurred line on how adults viewed child abuse in comparison to discipline. I was pretty certain that most people would consider leaving bruises or open wounds on a child as abuse. Since the Adrian Peterson situation has gone public, I’ve learned that this isn’t the case. While I... Read more »